Omega-3’s. I know you have heard a lot about them. If you search it online, you will get a million hits.
Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat that are essential for human health. They are known for their anti-inflammatory effects and have been shown to have a number of health benefits, including:
- Reducing inflammation: Omega-3s have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, which can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and arthritis.
- Improving brain function: Omega-3s are important for brain health and have been shown to improve cognitive function, including memory and concentration.
- Reducing the risk of heart disease: Omega-3s may help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and improving cholesterol levels.
- Reducing the risk of depression and anxiety: Omega-3s have been shown to have a positive effect on mental health, and may help reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.
- Reducing the risk of cancer: Some studies have suggested that Omega-3s may help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colon cancer.
To increase your intake of Omega-3s, try incorporating more fatty fish into your diet, such as salmon, sardines, and herring. You can also get Omega-3s from plant-based sources, such as nuts and seeds, or by taking a supplement.
So let’s make it simple.
- It’s a type of healthy fat.
- Building block for your cells and tissues.
- Fortified in different foods.
- Hugely beneficial to human health: cardiovascular health, skin, mood and cognition, and certain hormonal health issues. These are the biggies with the most research.
Omega-3’s can be found in:
- Animal sources:
- fish like anchovies, sardines, mackerel, salmon, herring
- omega-3 fortified eggs
- Plant-based sources:
- nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamias
- seeds like sunflower, pumpkin, chia
- consider plant- vs animal-based products
- either alone or in combo with other fat-soluble vitamins (e.g. Vitamin D)
These are the BASICS of what omega-3’s and what’s out there. It’s important to talk to a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen. Want to learn more about them and other supplements? Our team at HealthSource can help you with what is best for you.